The Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw (IMiT)
The Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw (IMiT) supportsprofessional musicians, dancers and art institutions in the implementation of their objectives. The Institute promotes the development of a music and dance community in Poland by organizing the Convention of Polish Music and Dance Congress, events that open a wide field for exchange of experiences and a profound self-reflection by both communities.
The IMiT organizes topical conferences, workshops and training for dance and music professionals. It works out specialist reports, expert opinions and it participates in information exchange between national and international professional organizations.
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute (NIFC)
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute (NIFC) is the most important Chopin center in the world and it thoroughly promotes, protects, researches and propagates the heritage of Fryderyk Chopin. The multi-faceted and versatile activity of the Institute focuses on the creative work and life of the composer. NIFC organizes one of the oldest and most prestigious music competitions in the world – the International Chopin Piano Competition.
The National Philharmonic is tasked with nurturing and developing the tradition of Polish music, showing the richness of the world’s musical legacy and promoting contemporary musical creativity in Poland and abroad. The Philharmonic strives to achieve its objectives by creating symphony orchestra and chamber music ensembles, mixed choirs and, moreover, by arranging symphony, chamber music, choir and solo concerts for children and youth and by furthering other forms of music promotion. The Philharmonic also arranges phonographic, radio, TV and internet recordings, it cooperates with art schools and nurtures grooming young talent. Every 5 years since 1995 the Philharmonic organizes one of the oldest and most prestigious piano music competitions in the world called the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition.
The priority task of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lutoslawice is to inspire the most gifted young musicians to perfect their skills and to strive to achieve full artistic maturity. Participants of the meetings, master classes, and artistic workshops and concerts organised by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music are the most talented musicians, and world-class artists and teachers. The place teems with living music, an effect favoured by the conducive properties of the building itself (with state-of-the-art technical facilities, magnificent concert hall, and a modern recording studio in the shell of unique architecture) coupled with the lavish and varied range of programmes offered by the institution. Combined with efficient organisation and atmosphere of the place, these all capture the hearts of young musicians, eminent artists, teachers, and the growing ranks of the audience now counted in thousands.
One of the flagship projects of the Centre is the Summer Music Academy. It s an educational programme aimed at students at music academies. From the very outset the programme is co-organized in partnership with the Scharoun Ensemble Der Berliner Philharmoniker, an octet made up of musicians of the legendary Berliner Philharmonic.
The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) dates back to 1935 and is inextricably linked with Grzegorz Fitelberg who was entrusted with the task of creating Poland’s first independent radio symphony orchestra. The ensemble made its debut on 2nd October 1935 and has been a constant presence on Polish Radio ever since. After World War II the orchestra was reactivated in Katowice and its reconstruction was entrusted to Witold Rowicki in 1945. In addition to archive recordings for the Polish Radio the orchestra produced more than 300 albums. Over the years the orchestra has been led by renowned conductors and collaborated with the greatest artists of our time.
The NOSPR performed in 52 countries on 5 continents.In 2014 the NOSPR moved to its new residence in a modern building comprising a concert hall with 1800 seats. Thanks to its cooperation with the most prestigious recording studios the NOSPR considerably contributed to disseminating the music of such Polish composers as Witold Lutoslawski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Gorecki and others. In 2019, NOSPR has been admitted to the international ECHO organization, which brings together 21 of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe
The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra named after Jerzy Semkow, one of the most prominent Polish conductors, is a state artistic institution founded in 2007. The orchestra is made up of the most talented graduates of art music academies under 30 years of age. The orchestra provides young musicians with an opportunity to work with a professional orchestra, to become acquainted with a wide orchestra repertoire and to work with prominent conductors and solo performers. Since 2009 the Orchestra has been a member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO). It performs abroad, it toured in Ukraine, China and Italy and it participated in festivals such as the Festival de Musique de Strasbourg and the Classic Night Verein Opera.
The Polish Music Publishing House (PWM) is a state cultural institution specializing in publishing scores and books about Polish music ranging from Classicism to Romantism and the 20th and 21st centuries. Young art practitioners but also well-known artists, orchestras, lecturers and music buffs draw on works published by PWM. PWM works are available all over the world thanks to cooperation with numerous music distributors who market works of Chopin, Szymanowski, Wieniawski, Moniuszko, Bacewicz and also Polish educational music and the works of contemporary composers. PWM is the Polish agent of several significant foreign publishers such as Schott Music, Boosey & Hawkes, Edition Peters, Baerenreiter, Breitkopf & Hartel etc.
The Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera is a state art institution of particular significance for Polish national culture and the heir of the magnificent Polish theatre tradition. The Polish National Opera does not limit itself to creating and staging opera and ballet performances but it also conducts publishing, exhibition and educational activities. It is an institution whose mission it is to cultivate and enrich Poland’s historical cultural tradition, to disseminate contemporary Polish music and ballet works and to popularize the most valuable works of Polish and world repertoires. This mission is implemented consistently by appropriate shaping of the repertoire, by supporting the development of young talents at the Opera Academy and promoting Polish music and ballet literature by means of e.g. on-line performances, co-productions and audio and video publications. Drawing on an extremely rich tradition plays an exceptionally important culture-forming role. One of the most recent and famous projects of the institution was the staging of Karol Szymanowski’s opera “King Roger” at the Stockholm Kungliga Operan (2019) and at the Prague Narodni Divadlo (2020).